Cowboy Crack Dip

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Cowboy Crack Dip is an irresistible combination of ranch, bacon, and creamy cheesy goodness. It’s perfect for your next event or casual movie night at home. Serve with chips, bread, or crackers.

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Hosting a Game Day Party? You need a Great Dip.

This cowboy crack dip is a great recipe for your next game day party. If you’re looking to host one of these parties, here are some useful tips.

Make sure to plan your food ahead, or ask your guests to bring their favorite snacks. Have plenty of seating space available, and set up your food and drinks by where your guests will be sitting so they won’t have to go too far for more while they’re watching the game. And of course, don’t forget to decorate with the colors of your favorite teams!

Why This Cowboy Crack Dip Recipe is a Keeper

This warm crack dip is loaded with sharp cheddar cheese and bacon. It’s that dip recipe that is perfect with just about anything dipped into it. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll want to make crack dip:

  • 30 Minute Dip: This appetizer takes a few minutes to make, and then 30 to bake. Such a great change from French onion dip.
  • Easy Ingredients: Cowboy crack dip uses only 6 simple ingredients, including real bacon and ranch seasoning and green onions.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: It’s doubtful that you will have leftovers. However, if you do, use to top baked potatoes, stuff in an omelet, or top fish.

If you’re looking for more dip recipes, try these: Buffalo Chicken Dip, Baked Spinach Dip, and Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip.

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Why is this Amazing Cheese Dip called “Crack Dip?”

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Supposedly, this ranch bacon dip gets its name from how addictive it is. The flavor is incredibly addicting which is why some call it “crack dip “. This is one of our all time favorite dip recipes. The last time I made this dip, everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. If you make it, I guarantee you’ll be sharing the recipe.

Ingredients for the Best Crack Dip Appetizer

The cream cheese, bacon buts and cheddar cheese to make the appetizer.

This delicious dip recipe is made using a ranch mixture and tastes great with any chip, cracker, or vegetable. You’ll love this dip at your next party or gathering. Here are some useful ingredients for crack dip you’ll want to note:

  • Cream Cheese Dip: This amazing dip is loaded with cheddar, so it has a cream cheese base. Use softened cream cheese at room temperature in this easy dip recipe.
  • Crumbled Bacon Bits: Make this homemade ranch recipe with any flavor of real bacon bits you want. You can also use turkey bacon instead of pork bacon. But, I always use real bacon for the best crack dip.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions to Make this Recipe for Cream Cheese Dip

This creamy dip is so good for adding your favorite ingredients. It’s loaded with cheese and ranch, but there’s plenty of ways to make this party dip even better.

  • Rotel: Stir in tomato Rotel with this easy crack dip recipe.
  • Sausage Dip: For extra meaty flavor, add plain chicken sausage crumbles to this great dip.

Recipe Tips to Make Crack Dip

Here’s how to make our favorite dip for game day. If you like this hot dip recipe, check out the It Is a Keeper Pinterest page for more

These are the basic steps for making cowboy crack dip. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.

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Step 1: Prep

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Then in a mixing bowl, mix together sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese, and cooked and crumbled bacon.

Step 2: Bake Ingredients Together

Transfer the ranch dressing mix to a 2-quart baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake the ranch mix in the dip for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Step 3: Top the Ranch Dip

Finally, remove from the oven, uncover, and top with more shredded cheddar cheese and green onion for garnish. Serve warm.

Cowboy Crack Party Dip FAQs

Dip that includes ranch and cream cheese should not stay out for longer than two hours.

It’s best to refrigerate the dip and bake it when you’re ready to serve it, but if you want to reheat it, place the dip in the oven at 350 degrees, or in the microwave until the dip is warmed through and ready to serve.

To make a spicy bacon cheese dip, add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper. If you want more flavor, add some garlic powder.

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Expert Tips for Making Cowboy Crack Dip

  • Bacon: The more bacon the better! So add a few more ounces of your favorite.
  • Add Different Cheese: This recipe is a sour cream dip loaded with sharp or mild cheddar cheese, but you can use other cheeses as well. Use Cheddar Jack, Gouda, or other good melting cheese.
  • Variation tip: Frozen corn can be added to make crack corn dip. Try low fat sour cream for less calories.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Slow Cooker is a great way to cook this recipe. Put in the ingredients and cook for an 1-2 hours on low.
  • Dippers: For dippers, use nachos, tortilla chips, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or celery sticks.
  • Double the Recipe: If you’re having a party, everyone will love crack dip if you make plenty for everyone. Just double the ingredients, and you’ll have a lot of dip for all your guests.

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Cowboy Crack Dip

Yield: 12 people
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Cowboy Crack Dip is an irresistible combination of ranch, bacon, and creamy cheesy goodness, perfect for your next event or casual movie night at home. It’s a quick and easy dip to make and serve with chips, bread, or crackers.
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream cheese , softened
  • 1 ounce Ranch dressing mix, 1 package
  • 3 ounces Bacon bits
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese , shredded, plus extra for garnish
  • 16 ounces Sour cream
  • Green onion , thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well.
  • Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Removed from the oven, uncover, and top with more shredded cheddar cheese and green onion for garnish. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • Bacon: The more bacon the better! So add a few more ounces of your favorite.
  • Add Different Cheese: This recipe is a sour cream dip loaded with sharp or mild cheddar cheese, but you can use other cheeses as well. Use Cheddar Jack, Gouda, or other good melting cheese.
  • Variation tip: Frozen corn can be added to make crack corn dip. Try low fat sour cream for less calories.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Slow Cooker is a great way to cook this recipe. Put in the ingredients and cook for an 1-2 hours on low.
  • Dippers: For dippers, use nachos, tortilla chips, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or celery sticks.
  • Double the Recipe: If you’re having a party, everyone will love crack dip if you make plenty for everyone. Just double the ingredients, and you’ll have a lot of dip for all your guests.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American

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